The Stockholm Cafe in downtown Minneapolis was a popular Swedish-American meeting place in the first half of the 1900s. A longtime tenant of the Knowles Block Building, it moved to a new location in the early 1960s as a consequence of urban renewal. The original appearance of the Knowles Block Building was similar to that of the recently renovated Day Block Building. In the 1930s and 1940s Ted Johnson and his musicians were the house band at the Stockholm Cafe. The humorous song “A Swede from North Dakota” referred to the Stockholm in versions recorded by Ragnar Hasselgren in 1948 and George T. Springer in the early 1950s. Springer also published the lyrics in his 1932 book “Yumpin' Yimminy”.
ADDRESSES 33 Washington Avenue South: Knowles Block Building, Stockholm Cafe 300 South 3rd Street: Stockholm Cafe 1103 Washington Avenue South: Day Block Building